Agricultural Dimensions of Global Climate Change: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Agricultural Dimensions of Global Climate Change

1st Edition

By Harry Kaiser, Thomas Drennen

CRC Press

328 pages

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pub: 1993-09-01
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This important book, written by recognized leaders in their fields, discusses agricultural dimensions of global climate change. Research and policy issues are covered and a multidisciplinary view of global climate change and agriculture is presented.

Major sections cover the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (including an investigation as to whether monitoring and verification of such emissions would work) and the impact of global climate change on agriculture.

The book examines such important issues as global food availability, distributional effects between developing and developed countries, agricultural adaptation possibilities, and whether CO2 enrichment will benefit agriculture.

A unique feature of this publication is that it addresses communication difficulties between researchers and policy makers and suggests solutions.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Thomas E. Drennen & Harry M. Kaiser

Nature of the Problem

Sources of Greenhouse Gases

Agricultural Impact of Global Warming

The International Response

The Role of Agriculture

2. Is Climate Change Occurring? Evidence from the Instrumental Record, P.D. Jones


Temporal Variation in Hemispheric Mean Temperature

The Spatial Pattern of Warmth During the 1981-1990 Decade

3. Some Issues in Detecting Climate Change Induced by Greenhouse Gases Using General Circulation Models, Benjamin D. Santer

Climate Models and Greenhouse Warming Experiments

Model Signal Uncertainties

Natural Variability Uncertainties

The Attribution of Problem: Establishing the Causal Link

4. Current Climate and Population Constraints on World Agriculture, R. Gommes

Climate Constraints

Human Population Constraints

5. Potential Impacts of Climate Change on World Food Supply: A Summary of a Recent International Study, Cynthia Rosenzweig & Martin L. Parry

Crop Yield Methods

Crop Yield Results

World Food Trade Methods

World Food Trade Results

6. Impacts of Climate Change on the Agriculture and Economy of the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas (MINK) Region, Pierre Crosson

Impact of the Analog Climate on 1980s Crop Production

Impacts on the 1980s Regional Economy by Way of Crop Production

Impacts in 2030: Agriculture

7. Adaptation to Global Climate Change at the Farm Level, H.M. Kaiser, S.J. Riha, D.S. Wilks & R. Sampath

The Integrated Model

Adaptation Scenarios


8. Carbon Dioxide Effects on Plants: Uncertainties and Implications for Modeling Crop Response to Climate Change, David W. Wolfe & Jon D. Erickson

Plant Physiological Response to CO2

Optimum Yield Response to CO2 in Controlled Environments

Interactions between CO2 and Other Environmental Factors

Crop Models and the CO2 Effect

9. Distributional Effects of Global Warming and Emissions Abatement, Steven Kyle

Distributional Aspects of Climate Change

Distributional Issues and Policies for Emission Abatement

Prospects for an International Abatement Treaty

10. After Rio: The Status of Climate Change Negotiations, Thomas E. Drennen

The Agreement

Obstacles to Implementation

Effectiveness of the Agreement

11. Four Questions of Justice, Henry Shue

Four Kinds of Questions

Two Kinds of Answers

Two Kinds of Grounds

12. Status and Issues Concerning Agricultural Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

John M. Duxbury & Arvin R. Mosier

Global Annual Budgets of CO2, CH4, and N2O

Significance of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture

Selected Issues Regarding Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Agriculture

13. Agricultural Emissions of Greenhouse Gases: Monitoring and Verification, Owen Greene & Julian E. Salt

The Relevance of Monitoring: Verification and Scientific Review

Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Context

Monitoring Agricultural Sector GHG Emissions

Comments and Verification

14. Bridging the Gap between Policymakers and Academics, Susan Offutt

What Defines a Gap?

How Big is the Gap?

Closing the Gap: The Lessons of Experience

The Peculiarities of Agriculture

Bridging the Gap

15. Communications between Decision Makers and Researchers: An Overview of the Joint Climate Project, J.C. Bernabo, P.D. Eglinton & C. L. Cooper

Unique Approach


Continuing the Process



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Meteorology & Climatology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General